Monthly Archives: October 2010

All Passports Are Equal…

…Except when they’re not. We’re currently experiencing a local disturbance in the ether here in the Netherlands. After months of wrangling, we’ve finally got a new coalition government (I didn’t vote for any of them, but that’s by-the-by). However, it … Continue reading

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Decision Time

If you’ve been following my blog, you will know that I originally started it on Windows Live Spaces over five years ago. Then in June this year, Microsoft suddenly switched off some features in Windows Live Spaces without warning, and … Continue reading

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It Gets Better–Part II

Here’s another video response to the rising wave of anti-gay sentiment towards American LGBT teens. This time it’s from Google employees who are themselves LGBT. I think that the testimony of “ordinary” people as opposed to “celebrities” makes a much … Continue reading

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Here’s Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research giving a terrific presentation on Natural User Interfaces, and the fact that many of the “new” technologies have been around for many years. Well worth watching. He’s the same age as I … Continue reading

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A Treasured Heritage

As the trial of Geert Wilders goes on, I thought that it would be useful to link to a translation of a statement given to the court by a Dutch law student. It makes for sobering reading. 

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Baggini’s Dog Whistle

The phrase Dog Whistle Politics refers to a type of political campaigning or speechmaking which employs coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has a different or more specific meaning for a targeted subgroup … Continue reading

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Things Will Get Better…

A speech from the heart of Joel Burns, councilman in Fort Worth, Texas. He made it to adulthood. It would seem that today, in 21st Century America, it is becoming even more difficult for gay teens to escape being bullied. … Continue reading

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RIP, Claire

Damn, Claire Rayner has died. A wonderful woman. While I never had the privilege to know her personally, I spoke with her many years ago on one of her phone-ins. She was forthright, sensible, and I would have trusted her … Continue reading

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A Bit Of (Photographic) Fun

I am constantly amazed at the relentless march of consumer technology. in 1996, I was using a pocket camera (an early Canon Ixus) that was using the APS film format. Something of a step down in film quality as compared … Continue reading

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Photoshop Elements 9

I see that Adobe has recently released Photoshop Elements 9. I last used Photoshop Elements when it was at version 4, and stopped using it because the Organizer part of the package had too many limitations for me. I did … Continue reading

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back…

This is a bit of a rant. This is a bit of a rant about Microsoft software. This is a bit of a rant about Windows Live Essentials 2011. Windows Live Essentials (WLE) is a suite of utilities from Microsoft … Continue reading

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RIP, Norman

One of the great clowns has died: Norman Wisdom. You can read an official obituary here, but I would advise you to also go and read the personal vignette about Norman written by Stuart Hartill over at Clinging to a … Continue reading

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You may have noticed that some of my blog entries are appearing on both what I nominally call my “old” blog over at and on my “new” blog over at Blogger… That’s because I’m torn on where to settle … Continue reading

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